President Joe Biden thanked his Kenyan counterpart in a phone call on Tuesday for agreeing to lead a multinational mission to intervene in Haiti, a day after the United Nations Security Council voted to endorse the effort.
But the Biden administration still has not detailed what its $200 million in pledged assistance would do to support the mission, telling McClatchy and the Miami Herald that it could take weeks to coordinate with other nations who will bring what resources to bear. The Herald has identified at least a dozen countries from the Caribbean and Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe that have pledged to assist the mission by either sending personnel, providing equipment or funding.
The White House said that Biden spoke with Kenyan President William Ruto “to thank him for answering Haiti's call to serve as the lead nation of the Multinational Security Support mission” that will “bring relief to the people of Haiti, who have suffered for far too long at the hands of violent criminals.”
The U.N. resolution, penned by the United States and Ecuador, made repeated mentions of the effects of the violence on Haiti's children, hundreds of thousands of whom have been unable to go to school because gangs or people displaced by them have taken over the facilities. On Tuesday, the U.N.'s lead child welfare agency, UNICEF, said the unchecked violence in Port-au-Prince, Haiti's…